Main article: List of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, 2018

Hundreds of rockets were fired at Israel during the Gaza-Israel clashes of November 2018. As of November 13, 2018 at least one civilian fatality has been reported in Ashkelon, with 70 reported as wounded. The man who was killed was a Palestinian who had moved to Israel from occupied Hebron.[131][132]

The Iron dome has successfully intercepted around 100 of the 370 rockets that have been fired. After the attacks, the IDF announced that it had struck over 100 targets in the Gaza Strip including a weapons factory, munitions warehouse and Hamas’ Public Security offices. Hamas responded to the air strikes by making additional threats against Be’er Sheva and Ashdod.[132] The attacks had a significant effect on businesses in southern Israel as restaurant patrons cancelled their reservations. The finance minister announced that Israeli businesses in certain regions would be compensated for losses. All schools within 40km of Gaza were closed; the Israel Tax Authority has promised compensation to parents who were unable to go to work because they had to stay home with their children.[133]


The Israeli military reported that 35 rockets and mortars were launched from the Gaza Strip in 2017, the vast majority of them in December.[125] This wave of rocket attacks came amid Palestinian outrage over the United States government decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The rockets did not cause any fatalities or serious injuries.[129] The Israeli military attributed the attacks to Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Salafi groups.[129][130] Israel retaliated to the attacks by striking Hamas positions, causing two deaths.[129] Hamas conducted a series of arrests of Salafi militants it said were responsible for rocket attacks.[129][130]


In 2016, there were 15 Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.[125]


In 2015, there were 23 Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, according to the IDF.[125]

On April 23, Israel’s 67th independence day, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.[126] The rocket hit an open field in the Sha’ar HaNegev region near Sderot,[127] causing no injuries or damage.

On May 27, an M-75 or Grad missile impacted in Gan Yavne, a city east of Ashdod. No reports of injuries or damage were noted initially.[128]


2001 The first Qassam rockets launched by Hamas barely cleared the border.

2002-5 Hamas made slight improvements to the ranges of the homemade Qassam rockets.

2006 Hamas possessed factory-made Katyusha-type rockets.

2008 The possible range of attack nearly doubled.2012 Hamas used Iranian Fadjr-5 rockets, smuggled through Sudan and Egypt, as well as locally-made M-75s.

2014 Hamas used the Syrian-made M-302 for the first time.

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